In 2003, my wife (at that time) and I took a 4-week trip to Italy. One of the places we spent a night was an agriturismo just east (I think) of Orvieto. I am planning a trip to Italy next year and would like to stay there again but I don't remember the name of it. I am asking about it here because we used Rick's Italy book as a guide at that time, and that must be where we found a reference the place I'm asking about. It was a small, quiet place with just a few rooms. What stood out about this place was that our host, a young man at the time, greeted us with a glass of wine and made us feel right at home. He invited us to dinner with his family that evening, which we gladly accepted. I didn't find that kind of acceptance anywhere else on the trip. I wish I remembered more details about the place, but the way we were treated was what really stood out. I don't have that 2003 book anymore to check the names of places to stay, but maybe someone here will have it to refer to, or maybe someone will have had the same experience we did with the gracious host who made all the difference. Thanks for any help or tips.
Not certain if this is same agriturismo that you stayed at in 2003, but I've stayed at Locanda Rosati twice (2008 & 2012) and had wonderful hospitality! It's about 5 miles west of Orvieto. https://www.locandarosati.it/en/
Thank you, Brenda, for that recommendation. It does look like a lovely place. I don't remember the one where I stayed as being built of stone. I'll certainly keep yours in mind as a nice place to stay if I don't locate the one I'm looking for.
This one used to be on his show and in his book https://www.tenutalevelette.com/en/hospitality/. Maybe it’s yours?
Laurel, that's the one run by Cecilia Bottai and her brother. She's a Rick Steves guide, as well. We visited there on the Village Italy tour, but haven't stayed there.
Thank you, Laurel (and Jane). The place I'm looking for isn't nearly so elaborate as that; It's more like a farmhouse.
We stayed at Antica Oliveia, where we enjoyed nightly wine and had dinner with our hosts three times during our one week stay. While they’re not featured in the Rick Steves book, we got the recommendations from this forum. Welcoming hosts, who gave us lots of suggestions of things to do and even arranged for us a visit with an anthropologist, who took us to a dig under one of the churches in downtown Orvieto, dating all the way back to Etruscan times.
I just found a copy of "Rick Steves' Italy 2003" on ebay in nice condition. (I recognized the cover.) I bought it, on the outside chance that it might have the info I'm looking for.
Please keep those suggestions coming, folks.
Patricia -- I found "Antica Olivaia," which has rave reviews on Trip Advisor -- 351 reviews, a solid five rating! This is another attractive alternative if I don't find the one I'm looking for (and maybe even if I do).
This is my first time to use this forum, and I must say I'm impressed! When I posted my question, I didn't expect nearly this much response, and I am pleased with the quality of the places suggested. Thank you all for your help.
Keep 'em coming, folks!
How nice to have a first time poster who isn't posting just to trash something.
Welcome to the Forum, waterwalk!
Thank you, Jane. :)
This may not be the place you are looking for, but worth checking out: Fattoria La Cacciata.